Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to invade each Syria and Iraq in a shock assault to flush out the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Turkey is aware of what to do and when to do it, we could come there in a single day impulsively,” Erdogan mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.
The remarks got here after greater than a dozen PKK members have been killed when Turkish army plane carried out two separate aerial assaults towards the militants’ positions in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan area.
The Turkish General Staff introduced in an announcement on Saturday that six PKK terrorists have been killed round Sinat-Haftan space, whereas eight others have been focused within the countryside round Adiyaman.
The assertion got here because the Baghdad authorities has incessantly demanded a direct finish to Ankara’s airstrikes towards Kurdish militant in northern Iraq, denouncing the assaults as unacceptable and a violation of its sovereignty.
Turkey has stepped up its assaults towards PKK positions in northern Iraq and its Syrian affiliate, Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), in current weeks.
Earlier this week, Turkish fighter jets bombed Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, drawing rebukes from the US State Department and the Pentagon.
The Turkish army mentioned the April 25 assaults centered on Mount Sinjar in Iraq and Mount Karakoc in Syria.
The strike in Syria reportedly hit the realm, the place the headquarters of the US-backed YPG forces are positioned, killing and wounding an unspecified variety of fighters.
Turkish army forces have been conducting floor operations in addition to airstrikes towards PKK positions in Turkey’s troubled southeastern border area and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan area for practically two years.
The marketing campaign started following the July 2015 bombing within the southern Turkish city of Suruc, which claimed greater than 30 civilian lives. Turkish officers held the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group accountable for the act of terror.
PKK militants, who accuse the Ankara authorities of supporting Daesh, launched a string of supposed reprisal assaults towards Turkish safety forces after the bomb assault, in flip prompting the Turkish army operations.